Balenciaga and Spain

Posted March 21st by in Fashion

Balenciaga and Spain examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, the Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large for Vogue, is guest curator. Balenciaga and Spain runs from March 26, 2011 to July 4, 2011.


Helmut Newton Solo Show, Selected Works

Posted March 21st by in Photography

Helmut Newton was born Helmut Neustädter in Berlin in 1920 to a German-Jewish button-factory owner and an American mother.  He started his photographic career at sixteen working for renowned Berlin photographer Iva. From there, after immigrating too and traveling back from Australia, he photographed fashion for Vogue (more…)


Snapshots from LA

Posted March 20th by in Photography

Maximilla Lukacs, photographed by Adarsha Benjamin


Sad Lover’s Eyes

Posted March 20th by in Culture, Photography

William S. Burroughs looking serious, sad lover’s eyes, afternoon light in window, cover of just-published Junkie propped in shadow above right shoulder, Japanese kite against Lower East Side hot water flat’s old wallpaper. He’d come up from South America & Mexico to stay with me editing Yage Letters and Queer manuscripts. New York Fall 1953. ~ Allen Ginsburg


“To Collect Photographs is to Collect the World.”

Posted March 20th by in Photography

An incredible original print by Amanda Zackem now above my desk – framed, perfect, beautiful…



Polaroids: Ariel Pink at the Rock n’ Roll Circus, NYC

Posted March 19th by in Photography

Photography by Adarsha Benjamin


Lonely Nights

Posted March 19th by in Film

a short film by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre


Bruce Davidson

Posted March 18th by in Photography

Bruce Davidson 1959, New York City, Coney Island, 1959.

Bruce Davidson, unlike other photographers before him, embedded himself in the world of his subjects for extended periods he even joined a circus in 1958 in order to get the right pictures the results of which formed themselves into series of powerful photo-essays. Brooklyn Gang’ and East 100th Street’ are perhaps his two most famous, and are the results of months and months living with both a gang of youths on Coney Island, and the inhabitants of a run-down tenement block in Harlem, New York. Through a combination of familiarity and his own visual poetry, Davidson brought these, and READ MORE….


Preview: Pretty Little Thing

Posted March 18th by in Fashion, Style

Preview of a shoot for Pretty Little Thing jewelry. Shot by Oliver Maxwell Kupper. More photos and video coming soon.


Soundtrack to Your Life: Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77

Posted March 18th by in Music

2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings, and solo violin.  It is not known when Brahms began work on his Violin Concerto, but we do know that he finished his first draft during the summer of 1878 at Portschach in southern Austria. He then sent the solo violin part to his long time friend, the composer, conductor, virtuoso violinist, and dedicatee of the concerto, Joseph Joachim. Brahms had for years consulted with him on various compositions, seeking his criticisms and learned opinions. In the note accompanying the violin part, Brahms sought that Joachim should “…correct it, not sparing the quality of the composition and that if you thought it not worth scoring, that you should say so. I shall be satisfied if you will mark those parts which are difficult, awkward, or impossible to play”.  Joachim found the solo to contain “…a lot of really good violin music”. He premiered the work on New Year’s Day, 1879 in Leipzig.

Johannes Brahms - Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 – 3rd Movement – Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace

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